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WoW Rookie: Finding your guild home for Cataclysm {WoW}

Oct 22nd 2010 3:56PM "However, ultimately, if you decide that a new guild isn't working out for you, then don't force yourself to stay. You'll not be happy there, and that not-happiness will rub off on others. Bid everyone adieu and take a graceful exit stage left."

i'd take out that "new" part also - guilds flex and change over time, hardcore guilds become casual, social guilds start to raid, 25man guilds break into 10man only guilds.

your role in the guild may also change over time, especially if you are rerolling from who you originally applied on, or are asked to do so for some reason.

my guild had an unfortunate incident with a holy priest we had recruited... for the sake of everyone's repair bills we ended up asking her to go to her hunter for raiding, which they claimed they were fine with. well, their attendance dropped off and they were eventually demoted to a more casual rank; and then last week they were kicked from the guild for theft - their defence? that they hadn't felt welcome since we asked her to switch characters.

if you're unhappy, speak to your officers. if you're still unhappy, then by all means leave... but do it graciously. if you rob every guild you come into contact with, you'll get yourself a reputation you'll find it hard to recover from.

Spiritual Guidance: Shield spam and Divine Aegis, a theorycrafting story {WoW}

Sep 6th 2010 5:29AM "but the shields are still so strong that I can't benefit from the regen aspect of Rapture during Lich King Infests because my shields don't fail."

ok, i might get called out for this, but i deliberately downrank my shields for certain fights. i use grid and clique and have two different strengths of shield to put up at any given time - when i need the shields to absorb an appropriate amount of damage yet be consumed totally, i use the rank 12 shield whilst still putting the rank 14 on the tanks (just in case).

seems to work, but gawd i get spammed by that rankwatch addon every damn time -.-

Breakfast Topic: Hacked off by hackers {WoW}

Aug 6th 2010 5:26AM yup, i hear ya there. after i got hacked i flew into a panic and after the virus scan (nothing!) i changed every password on everything and got my bank to send me out a new debit card.

Breakfast Topic: Hacked off by hackers {WoW}

Aug 5th 2010 9:17PM i got hacked a few years ago in TBC, i was an officer in my guild and the guild bank got completely raped - 20 slots from each tab and max gold (999g at the time). i was distraught, utterly inconsolable and yes, it felt like a violation, almost as if someone had been in my house and rummaged through my belongings, stealing earrings and underwear.

it took about 5 days to get all of my items back and get the two characters that the hacker had deleted (why?!) restored with their gear and contents. when i asked a GM separately about the contents of the guild vault, it was i who received the goods and gold in an ingame mail, not the guild leader.

i don't know if that practice has changed much over time, because as soon as they were back in stock i got an authenticator and it never happened to me again.

i always take stories of "no, i didn't get back the guild bank contents" with a large dose of salt because of my own experience.

even if you just get the downloadable one for mobile phones, it's worth it. better than being hacked, anyway.

Breakfast Topic: Real ID or Real bad IDea? {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 6:56PM nope, you have to send them proof of a legal change of name. like, post it to them - photocopies and scans aren't enough.

Breakfast Topic: Real ID or Real bad IDea? {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 9:41AM they are quite free to check out the gear and experience i have on the character i post with (my main): i'm a typical guildy with typical experience and typical gear level for our raiders. i represent my guild's achievements and attitude by what i say on the forums.

in the same breath, my character is just that - a character. it is an avatar for an aspect of myself that i choose to explore in a virtual world with other people doing the exact same thing. some people choose to be tanks, to appear to others that they are stronger or braver than they are IRL. some choose to heal, to appear that they are more caring, discerning. some are DPS and need their peers to realise that they know when to hold back, when to nuke, that they have a more complex role than is perceived.

negative feedback from PuGs or a bad night's raiding can reduce a person to a quivering wreck, a shell of themselves because they haven't learned to disassociate who they are as a flesh and blood human being from this fantastical character they have created and nurtured in the world of warcraft (particularly true of an ex-guildie healer who became so nervous over her perceived failures that she quit raiding).

now, to your point: it might not matter to them that they can see my name. it matters to me, because it breaks down the barriers between my IRL self and my warcraft self. an attack directed my way on the forum now becomes an intimate thing, a personal attack, rather than a bunch of pixels on a nerdrage. to those making their attack, they would pick up on the fact that i have a girl's name (ooohhhhooooohhhhh girl gamer and all associated prejudices abound!) and will start hurling more specified abuse. and yes, we've even had trolls on our recruitment posts, there is no limit to their boredom.

i am quite prepared to be judged based on my character (and her gear, hair colour and professions), but not because of people's innate prejudice/hostility/stupidity/other assumptions made from knowing my name.

Breakfast Topic: Real ID or Real bad IDea? {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 9:20AM oh gawd i hope not, i'm old enough to be their mum :(

Breakfast Topic: Real ID or Real bad IDea? {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 9:04AM why does the entire forum need to know my name when all i am doing is posting the recruitment thread for my guild?

Breakfast Topic: Real ID or Real bad IDea? {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 8:59AM wryxian quote: These [valuable] threads, however, can often be lost amongst a great deal of other threads that are basically filled with trolling, name calling, flaming, off-topic conversations and that's just a small amount of some of the content that has been found in these forums over the years. We don't want that anymore..."

no conspiracy - they do want to reduce the number of posts. i don't blame them really, it must be a hell of a job to moderate so many new posts, edits and replies.

but yeah... not the best way to go about it tbh.

Breakfast Topic: Real ID or Real bad IDea? {WoW}

Jul 7th 2010 8:27AM anyone who has had their identity compromised or wow account hacked will be wary of this. trolls will find a work-around to keep on trollin'.

as for comparing the new system to facebook... yes, i have facebook. do i use my real name? hell no! i've used an alias for every single forum and social networking site for the past 10 years. my real name is not connected to any email address i've ever used and it never will be.

i like being able to chat with friends across the realms and factions, i hate that real names are used. i find it extremely disconcerting that if people need to use the forums (eg, recruitment) they will be forced to show their RL names to all and sundry.

by all means reduce the trolling by having people post with only one character per account, that would go quite a way to improving the situation. first and last names on the forum? bad bad idea. first names only wouldn't be *so* intrusive, but surnames as well opens the door for potential abuse.